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Cosmopolitan Hair
Winter. National Magazines. £2.95;132 pages. Editor: Mandi Norwood
Brand extension with money-off vouchers
Nat Mags profile
Women's magazines case study

Newsweek e-Life
Winter. Newsweek; Editor: Peter McGrath.
'The best stuff for your family'. Stuart Little, a computer generated mouse from the eponomyous film, on the cover

October. Computec Media US. £1.99(99p); 192 pages. Editor: Tasos Kaiafas
Two versions of launch issue: onewith CD-Rom and a Lara Croft cover; the other at 99p with no CD-Rom anda wrestler, Kid Rock, on the cover

M The Mirror Magazine
26 October. Editor: Tina Weaver. Free with Tuesdays Mirror. Sun ran spoilers: coupons for free BBC Good Homes on Oct 19; Sun Woman as newsprint tabloidpull-out on Oct 20. An example of growing competition for readers fromnewspaper supplements. Magazine later upgraded and moved to Saturday slot
Mirror profile

Jump launch issue cover Jump
October. Mollin/Weider. £1.20. Editor: Rebecca Martin. Chief sub-editor: Laleh Guilanpour. ProductionController: Louise Clay. Cover mount: nail art gift (£1.80); specialprice £1.20
Followed a limited edition preview posted to teenagers and dummy issue. Spice Girl Mel C on the cover. Coverlinesincluded: 'Top 10 footie pin-ups Pwhaaarr!'
Attempt to launch US title in UK based on US content and formula: closed December 2000. Other titles sold to Dennis
Mollin profile
Women's magazines case study

CosmoGirl! (US)
October/November. Hearst (US). Distributed by Comag. £3.50
Features: website:;4 inserts; 
centrefold; college handbook; calendar
Nat Mags profile
Women's magazines case study

Autumn. Haymarket contract title for Demon, an internet service provider
Haymarket profile

Your Car
Autumn. Gruner + Jahr; £2.50;196 pages. Editors: Julia Goodwin and Mark Payton. 
From the publishers of Prima andWhat Car? [Haymarket] New for women. Lucky number 0906 competition on cover
Car magazines case study
Gruner + Jahr profile

Escape Routes 
Autumn. EMAP Elan 
£2.40; pocket guide; offers;display bag
Travel magazines
Emap profile

The Net first issue cover The Net
August. Haymarket. £1.99,148 pages. Editor: Tim McCann
Catherine Zeta-Jones cover. sampler distributed with Autocar 23 June issue; double-page advertisingspread in July Revolution, plus wraparound, both Haymarket titles.Closed October 2001
Haymarket profile

Top Car
July. Topmedia Publishing
£2.99 with CD-Rom
Car magazines case study

Men's Fitness Men's Fitness
July. Mollin. £1 special;148 pages. Editor: Ben Webb. 
Monochrome cover with dayglo inkfor cover lines. Tagline: Get fit or feel s**t.
Mollin profile

Men's magazines case study

Cosmopolitan Real Life Stories
Summer. National Magazines. £2.95;100 pages. Editor: Mandi Norwood
Brand extension has seen Cosmopolitan launching a variety of spin-offs, such as Hair and Brides.Also, badging consumer goods, such as yoghurt and cars
Women's weeklies case study
Women's magazines case study

Internet Advisor
Future; £1.99; 116 pages.Editor: Cliff Douse
With CD-Rom
Future profile

Heat on cocaine
Heat ran a roll-call of 30 celebs who had 'done it' as part of a special on cocaine
Heat on cocaine
5 June 1999. Issue 18. Emap. £1.25, 106 pages. Editor: Mark Frith 
From actor John Alford through Elton John to US chat show host Oprah Winfrey, Heat ran a roll-call of 30 celebs who had 'done it' as part of a special on cocaine. 'Unlike everyone else, we don't mean to judge or expose - we're just interested,' was how it introduced the four-page story. Contrast this attitude with The Face two years later.
The Face on cocaine
Emap profile

Celebrating Chelsea
May. Channel 4/Cabal. £3.95,164 pages. Editor: Sarah Stacey 
Backed television coverage of Chelsea Flower Show
Cabal profile

May. Cabal. £2.95 with video.Editor: William Fotheringham
Bought by Future
Cabal profile
Future profile

New Eden first issue cover New Eden
May/June. IPC Magazines. £3.50 square A4 format.
Attempt to establish a 'contemporary gardens magazine failed when it closed in 2000
IPC profile

Jill Dando on Radio Times cover
Radio Times cover theory on Dando murder
24-30 April. BBC, London. 79p; 140pp. Ed: Sue Robinson
Jill Dando, a popular BBC TV presenter of series such as Crimewatch, was shot dead on her doorstep in London on Monday, 26 April. It was front-page news, even for broadsheets such as the Guardian. She was on the cover of the Radio Times that very week promoting a new series, Antiques Inspectors.

An early theory was that her killing had been sparked by a message read from the front and back pages of the magazine (Sunday Telegraph, 2 May, p23). Barry George - a fantasist who had posed as an SAS soldier, pretended to be a stuntman and claimed he was a cousin of Queen singer Freddie Mercury - was convicted for the murder in 2001. The conviction was quashed in 2007 and George was acquitted at a retrial in 2008.

The Radio Times theory semed to be disproved when it was noted in the trial that a copy of the Dando cover was not found at George's home.

The day after her killing, an episode of A Life of Grime, in which environmental health officers had to deal with a rotting body, was postponed. The Radio Times was not withdrawn, probably because it was the last day on sale.
BBC Magazines profile


Take a Break Fiction Feast
April. Bauer. £1.20; 52 pages.
Very thin paper. Spin-off from theopoular weekly, which included an advertisement for another example ofbrand extension, a music CD
Women's weeklies case study
Bauer profile

Nylon (US)
April. C/o The Standard Hollywood.US$2.99, £2.50 (Seymour). 
The new magazine for women (and smart men)

Level Level
4130 Publishing. £2.50, 100 pages. Editor: Chris Quigley
Second launch of the year after Blend for a publisher that was to makes its name in extreme sports.
4130 profile
Men's magazines A-Z

Rock Sound 
April. Freeway Press. £1.95offer price (£2.35) 
With CD and bound-in A3 poster

April. Attic Futura. £2.40,148 pages. Editor: Lucy Bulmer.
Taking a modern approach to health,beauty, body and soul'. With card cover and stylish make-up bag
Attic Futura profile

Women's magazines case study

March/April. Portfolio Magazines.£2.90, 164 pages. Editor: Marie Sim'one 
Boxer Prince Nazeem on the cover of this men's launch. Adverts in Guardian with WHS Smith: 'Ego has landed at WHS'
Men's magazines case study

Chat Crime & Passion 
March (no cover date). IPC. £1;60 pages. Editor: Keith Kendrick.
One of a series of Chat spin-offs;others included Get Fit & Fab and Juicy Fiction (bothat £1.10; Editor: Paul Merrill). Also, possible spoiler against Cabal proposed launch in the same area, which never appeared
Women's weeklies case study
IPC profile

March 6. Vedapoint Ltd. 90p. Tabloid fortnightly. Fancy cover: tabloid front, A4 back
We are not your enemy. Turned into A4 stapled format with £1 price for issue 9 in June

GQ Rommel March 1999

GQ - Rommel controversy: editor sacked
March. Conde Nast. £2.90
'Sex and violence' issue James Brown(ex-Loaded) gets the sack after 18 months, supposedly for featuring German WWII general Erwin Rommel in a piece on stylish men Conde Nast profile
Men's magazines case study

Bopys Toys magazine launch issue Boys Toys
March/April. Freestyle. First issue.£2.70, 132pp. Editor: Kirsty Robinson 
because you only live once
Men's magazines case study

Neon launch issue cover Neon - closes
February. Emap Metro
ABC sales figure to June 98 was40,147, compared with  Empire's 166,123
Emap profile

Options - closes
February. IPC
Plan to develop Project B: new fashion title led by Deborah Bee, former editor of Scene. This became Nova in 2000
IPC profile
Women's magazines case study

Sunday Herald
7 February. Scottish Media Group
Rare launch of new Sunday paper in Scotland
Scottish newspapers
Sunday Herald case study

Heat first issue cover
Heat got off to a rocky start but soon became a celeb favourite. Pulp was a full dummy issue dated 13 November 1998
Pulp Heat dummy

Heat on cocaine
Heat named 30 celebs who had 'done it' - taken cocaine
(June 1999)

6 February 1999. EMAP Metro. £1.25,116 pages
The ultimate weekly entertainment fix. Was codenamed 'Project J' and got as far as being produced as a 108-page dummy with the name Pulp. Entertainment-based magazine aimed at 20-30-year-olds with sales target of 130,000.

Television advertising for the first issue, which showed people bursting into flames, led to 150 complaints from viewers, who said it was 'distressing' and totally inappropriate'. Emap said 'We have taken a surreal approach to the creative idea of reading the "hottest" new weekly entertainment magazine which covers the burning issues of the week.'
Women's weeklies case study

Emap profile

Woman Makeovers 
January-March. IPC. £1.10.Editor: Julia Shaw ed (Woman 60p)
Brand extension for the popular weekly
Women's weeklies case study
IPC profile

Deluxe - closes
January/February. Wagadon. £2.50,132 pages. Launched in May 1998 as stapled men's magazine. Revamp in perfect-bound format failed. Wagadon later taken over by Emap
Wagadon profile

Men's magazines case study

Evo magazine launch issue cover

January. MMC Ltd. £3; 164pages. Editor: John Barker
Later sold on to Dennis
Dennis profile
Car magazines

January 7. 4130 Publishing. £2.50 
Style, music and travel
4130 profile

Sunday newspaper redesign. Escape travel section; Cash personal finance; overhaul. Start of an investment strategy by its new owners, The Guardian, that was to see it launch several monthly magazine supplements
Observer profile

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